When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement late last year, after months of speculation, focus quickly shifted to an equally sparkling matter: the future Duchess of Sussex’s ring. Its unveiling instantly piqued the interest of ring buyers and future fiancées.
“People are now referencing the ring, and the three-stone nature of it,” says Brian Walker, executive vice president of Shreve, Crump & Low, the Boston-based jewelery house founded in 1796. “Her ring is yellow gold, and people have become more open to a warmer-colored metal.”
Of course, engagement ring trends have long been set by the British royal family, who often opt for unconventional choices like colored gemstones. “The one stone that resonates the loudest is Princess Diana’s sapphire [now Kate Middleton’s ring]. We wouldn’t even consider it nontraditional at this point,” Walker notes.
Trends aside, Walker stresses the importance of choosing a ring that resonates with the wearer: “When it comes to engagement, it comes down to what the client loves.”
The engagement ring: A three-stone ring with an approximately 3.5-carat slightly elongated cushion-cut center stone flanked by two smaller diamonds, with a yellow gold band
The backstory: Prince Harry designed the ring with a center stone from Botswana, a country the couple visited early in their relationship. During Harry and Meghan’s first sit-down interview with the BBC after announcing their engagement, in November 2017, Harry said, “The ring is obviously yellow gold because that’s her favorite, and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the little diamonds on either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together.”